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gathering in moscow to chew over the state of the world's economy currency manipulation. budget cuts in britain struck again with thousands of layoffs and. we take a close look at whether. well it's good to have you with us here today. live in moscow on what started off as a very strange day so let's get to it starting with our breaking news here on our not your average morning in russia. well there you hear it of people in the year olds region of scene burning objects
raining down from the sky after a meteor right exploded above the causing a meteor shower these are really going to go now joins us here live in studio with more on this good to see you startling is going to do my work up this morning thinking it was a war of the worlds god we're under attack what happened well we're not under attack by the actually what you thought that was the thought that crossed the minds of pretty much everybody and it should have been screened and we have managed to call some of them and they have told us freshly about what their experience was what their thoughts were just when this whole thing started because of the things that we know that a lot of people have these what study comes on they do yes yes they do a lot of people in russia have these for the sake of an accident or whatever it is yeah looking at the footage right it's amazing isn't it it's like you're driving here and this is we're talking about the events that transpired around nine o'clock in the morning local time so you know people are driving to work they're going to school and all of a sudden they see something that's just something you actually saw this car actually here in this home if i saw that i know it's pretty it's pretty crazy so
you know what it would have and what do you know about destruction i mean did it did it did it lay waste to sort of all thousand kilometers or was not several thousand kilometers but there has been some damage and we can say with it we can say it was extensive damage soon now we're talking about windows being literally blown out of the buildings and what you're seeing right now is actually is the plant it's the biggest think plant in the country and now it has a gaping hole in it and it's right behind me there so you can see the debris from the destruction right there because apparently a piece of an asteroid or meteorite and upright in it now i have to mention here that they haven't found any of the pieces as a few yet i mean there have been some unconfirmed reports that maybe there is a piece that has been found and police and the emergencies ministry's are all around it and have inordinate amount of literary men running around either because the ship apparently crashed you know no green men running around by the way this is what you're seeing is a school and. actually kids have been relieved from their schooling duties today given gardens and schools are closed obviously in fact early in the morning the
emergency ministry has advised everybody in the region to all kind of stayed whole not rush out you know yelling and already some people there already some people saying this is what you call a global killer the total destruction on eradication of mankind as we know it. no i don't think so i don't think that's the case but i was speaking of destruction and the killing there we do know that there are at least five hundred fifty five hundred people have actually been for medical assistance obviously there has been most of them are cuts and bruises from from you know things and windows and a lot of flying everywhere but we know that at least eighty four of those people are children and. as you say most of the injuries come from these she was broken glass windows yes but there is one at least one woman who actually had a heart attack when just as it went when this happened so it's not just that we do know that at least nine people are in critical condition as a matter of fact what about what about initial speculations here because i'm
already hearing some people say there's one way to deal with this you just called bruce willis though i don't think anybody has called bruce willis yet i mean i think he's actually asleep considering the time. but we do know there have been various speculations actually i think we i think we should have a. we can hear it from the horse's mouth so to speak from the people who actually we called and they told us about what they thought when this whole thing happened. ok i just really want to thank you and your prize for an absolutely then you know loud explosion because not only should it remember. i was. trying to building then we would turn to the wall has been partly due and metal structures inside of a blast wave it was very scary. so there you have it the fighter jets or the end of the world or a war has started people actually thought those were missiles and that's kind of
what i know looks like. i mean look at it it's not just the it's not just the whole it's not just the pictures it's also the sound i mean you've heard it we mean it's horrible when i first saw it this morning i was like well this is pretty much the end of the world is going to be the end of the world i know what it was a couple months later but it's here i think maybe terrifying to a lot of us who witnessed this and a lot of people across russia who saw this i mean if i was driving and i saw that well my call would go straight into the. terrifying but it's beautiful you also have to remember that region how does at one point has been the hub of nuclear research in russia and obviously where there is research there is also experiments there's also nuclear storage facilities there's a major one really close to check out that it's been a closed city for a long time and a lot of people already saying that it's a good fortune that nothing has happened that none of the pieces of the asteroid has ended up landing on it because otherwise we'd be dealing with a nuclear catastrophe yeah absolutely but we're not so what we were a lot more stories on this to come here and joining you in lindsay france next hour
to further discuss this because we've got a lot of comments on the way at the moment a lot about stories as well certainly some of them rather large one nearly the size of south carolina so we need to talk about these in the future here but i really got to go thank you very much for bringing us up to date on what has been a very disturbing morning here in russia indeed it was. all right well it's good to have you with us here and let's get some more now on the whole meteorite incident i'm joined live on the phone by dirk ross a meteoroid impact joining us live here on the program today mr ross it's a live in the moscow studio i hope you can hear me can you tell us what's going on with the whole global monitoring system and how did this meteor right literally just come out of the blue. pushed. more of. this very large. one. where water is.
mr ross a source i'm terribly sorry we've got a very very bad connection here and i'm going to apologize to you now and apologize to all of you that we will try to reestablish this line just a bit harder in the very very near future to across a meteorite impact research i do apologize for that here or not see. for now though most space rocks approaching earth simply burn up safely in the planet's atmosphere however one getting all the way through the surface isn't such an uncommon event some scientists estimate that hundreds of them actually reach the ground every single year however because of the intense burning in the atmosphere and most end up too small to cause any major damage or produce a display like the one above the urals finding a fragment of freshly fallen meteorite takes a great deal of luck considering ninety seven percent of space rocks found on earth a fall in a very long time ago being injured by a fully meteorite is an even rarer event only one universally accepted case in
modern history for kilogram rock it went right through the roof of an alabama home back in one thousand nine hundred four where a dear old lady was having a nap and was rudely woken when the meteorite slammed straight into her no she didn't die she's fine. being the biggest country on the planet it's no surprise that russia gets its fair share of direct hits let's look at the most well known for of. the largest of the last century was called the so-called. phenomenon was when an asteroid thought to be a comet exploded in siberia leveling around two thousand square kilometers of forest another collision happened less than two decades after the event that's when a meteorite crashed in southern russia the biggest piece found away in the most three hundred kilograms and then back in one hundred forty seven an estimated seventy tons of extraterrestrial material reached the earth at the overall size of the meteorite was estimated at approximately one hundred tons and yet more to come
just over a decade ago siberia hit by another asteroid explosion not a major one of its power only reaching approximately two hundred tons of t.n.t. that sounds pretty major to me. now that's a change and shift gears here on r.t. the world's economic woes. stoked by tit for tat currency battles and europe's painful crisis of a coming to light at a meeting of the g twenty financial heads and the leaders of central banks here in moscow for russia though the gathering is seen as a launch pad for a broader g. twenty summit this year more on this now the story to our phone off. from cosmic sparks caused by media showers to economic sparks caused by the prospect of a currency war this has been raised by japan essentially lowering the value of the yen and this has opened a massive rift between rich countries who are heavily in debt and growing faster
growing countries developing countries are heavily dependent on exports who are quite worried about a wave of competitive devaluations now what does all this financial mumbo jumbo mean basically in tough economic times it could be pretty tempting for a country to lower the value of its currency for example taking this twenty dollar bill and making it worth a little bit less now why would someone want to do that because when your currency is devalued that makes your export goods cheaper on the market and that sort of creates a short term economic growth now the fear with that is once you start going down that path as japan did europe can say well hey i'm going to lower the value of my currency america could follow suit and so on and so forth and that's the kind of clash that essentially leads to what we know as an economic currency war at the last time that happened was in the one nine hundred thirty s. and as we all remember that had some pretty devastating consequences one of the hot topics of debate is likely to be voting rights of the international monetary fund where countries like russia and china have less of a say despite the fact that they have trillions of dollars in reserves and so they
are going to be pushing this is an ongoing issue for a revision in the way the i.m.f. is structured so that developing economies have more of a greater say now another major issues of course debts and deficit with the finance minister is likely to try to come up with some sort of a new pact to reduce the borrowing a lot of major financial issues of course as russia becomes the first big economy to assume the annual presidency of the g twenty summit. this is a libya proposed to mark the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled khadafi a preparations include setting up. cross the country forces in the capital the number of those protesting against the government continues to go on the rise and more after the break.
markets. what's really happening to the global economy. global financial headlines. are with us here in. moscow the u.s. department of defense has allocated three million dollars for the development of ground breaking. face recognition technology i would is intended to be used by the military as potential use in lower enforcement health care and civil id programs. more now on america's fondness for surveillance. the information age was an era nearly everybody in braced by today's surveillance age experts say is a reality oh most no one can escape we are five years away in new york from zero
privacy from every new yorker being tracked and catalogued and watched and that information being saved for pretty much an indeterminate period of private investigator steve rom bomb believes america is being landscaped into an eis wide open society through the advancing market of biometrics technology that uses physiological and behavioral recognition to identify people. a system touted as a national security necessity is being used to build a database where the biometric identity of millions of americans be gathered and stored when you look at crying when you look at terrorism what we're really focusing on is the individual and so if you are interested in reducing crime or do think terrorism you do have to focus on the individual and biometrics is a way. of connecting the person with
a measurement recognition of unwanted visitors face recognition and iris scanning are the current tools of the trade however scientists are reportedly developing new technology aimed at identifying anyone from much greater distances if researchers are successful the defense department may eventually be able to detect individuals by your sheet heartbeat walking patterns and possibly even older long range fingerprint and iris scanning are reportedly also being explored for the u.s. tool box of tracking are there reasons to have such security devices sure. do i think it's american do i think it's appropriate that somebody can press a button and determine everywhere i've been everything i've done. everyone i know its role and i think that we're entitled to privacy. author and journalist a.j. jacobs recently spent three months documenting every second of his life with
a small camera and like a bluetooth it's remarkable it holds ten hours of video esquire magazine editor at large subscribed to self surveillance for an article about life logging yet he believes the market of high tech cameras and consumer via metric applications will soon make little brother and equally big concern and i think that we are. we're not going to have a private moment in the future and i always tell people listen if you want to have an extramarital affair you better have it right now because you're going to be able to have them five years because everything will be tracked your husband or wife will be able to know exactly where you are at all times as companies like apple moved her words fingerprint readers and facial recognition insiders say that consumer electronics will generate an entirely new source of revenue for the biometric industry and industry estimated to bank more than nine billion dollars
globally this year however the top cash cow is expected to remain government spending on security the bit in the past five years the department of defense has shelled out an estimated three billion dollars on biometric programs. hard to believe that just ten years ago the concept of facial recognition biometric surveillance and domestic drones was limited to science fiction movies like minority report. marina point nine aren't. a lot is coming to live from moscow and westminster staying rather busy these days bringing in free mental health treatment for certain m.p.'s and twenty five thousand pounds have been put aside for the program online because the details on why the politicians and parliament are being offered the treatment free of charge. on the way to a champions league match after the plane crashes.
on the way. from. the head of the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled the regime foreigners are scrambling to get a flight out government forces and allied militias tighten security around the country and there are fears of unrest amid growing calls for protests against the current government reports of nato troops now arriving in the capital tripoli from the west little for supporting democracy that's according to former. people have invested a lot of hope in the arab spring i think now they're beginning to realize the harsh reality that a lot of it was backed by the west and the west wants to strip their countries of the mineral wealth i mean we're seeing the spillover into other areas like mali and niger as well and this is all part of a bigger sort of power play i think between the u.s. wanting to secure the minerals or says about africa generally and stop china getting them so in terms of democracy in arab spring you know i think it's very
naive to think that that's what the west is trying to help these countries to achieve we've seen an absolute mess left behind by the nato invasion of libya which is what happened two years ago let's not mince words and that was problematic on so many levels not just the international legal level where suddenly aggressive war could be justified as humanitarian intervention even though it stabilized an entire country and results in many more deaths than could be prevented. but we're also looking at a situation now where the country has lost its stability where there are reports coming out from independent journalists about militias still holding great sweets the country in their power where we have competing fairly fundamentalist politician groups as well fighting over their territory without any of the promised ability wealth and democratic values that were suggested when nato went in so it's become such a mess and so many levels. british police have been given
a severe cropper in the number of officers on duty hitting a record low this is the country reduces expenses a bit it's continuing financial struggles but is it having any effect on the u.k.'s security are to sort of first try to figure out by asking both pro and anti motion legislators. the home secretary's announced plans to set up a national database where police officers will have to declare second jobs this is aimed at raising professional standards earth is also part of why the reforms that are seeing the number of police officers drop to the lowest levels for eleven years is the impact of a twenty percent cut and whitehall funding to police budgets takes effect which is think more about these reforms i'm joined by conservative m.p. angie britain and labor m.p. jim fitzpatrick thank you very much to both of you for joining us jim i'm going to start with the a lot of the police officers that we were speaking with we've got is
a bit of and you've got these reforms going through but at the same time they're seeing the number of police. and police morales. i mean it's quite confusing time i think for police officers as to what's being expected. i understand that there may be slight consolation but given the battering the reputation of the police is hard over recent months the government had to take steps to shore up the reputation in terms of morale. of the police service. in my part of east london we've seen over one hundred fifty uniform staff gone the past two years. and crime which we've seen year on year zero for six years for the past two years has been an increase in crime last year of nine percent saw some parts of the country the cuts are being imposed are effect saying the safety of people on the streets what do you say to. the lowest level of police officers now for eleven years.
so they not know the police are having to take their share of the of the spending reductions along with the rest of the public sector to get the deficit under control and what we're actually seeing is it's not about police numbers it's what you do with the police or innovative ways of maintaining a police presence on the street and jim a home for to have a increase in crime in his constituency but the fact of the across the country and on average last year crime fell by. eight percent and in fact it fell in my force in leicestershire by eight percent as well so we are seeing a overall reduction in crime across the country at the same time we're cutting police numbers but they're doing innovative things like sharing back office services because the forces to save money and keep those police out on the streets where people want to be instead of in offices filling in paperwork and all that with red tape what do you think of that they're being in it because. the coalition i've been and where they're cutting public services across the piece we've been told that there will be no night patrols on the river as a result of these cuts this is a security assurance of counterterrorism issues as well as an issue of safety on the streets so we have different experiences in terms of our constituencies and
everybody wants to support the police and we have a different economic strategy to deal with the deficit and the financial measures that need to be introduced essence what we want to do is support the place we both want to see crime reduced. to do that kind of speak about integrity it's not just the police integrity it's the public perception of the police integrity and the reforms will help to improve the public perception of precinct. right thank you very much for joining us you can join in our debate online dot com we've also been on twitter a lot of the public have been getting involved in this debate as well as members of the police. reform to join in the debate about the latest police. are into the top that we go now some other headlines for you this hour clashes have taken place between protesters and police as hundreds of neo nazis marched in the german city of dresden the rally was held to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the allied
bombing of the industrial center on world war two a day that has become a focal point for the extreme right in germany thousands of anti fascist protesters form a human chain around the city to try and block the demonstration. in the united states senate republicans there have a vote against naming chuck hagel as the secretary of defense. with lee delaying his confirmation fifty eight senators voted in favor of hagel taking the post to shore you know of the sixty required to go to the next stage of the naming process republicans say the delay will allow them to find out more about this candid haydel has come in for criticism for saying the jewish lobby had too much influence in washington. and authorities say they foiled a plot to assassinate a national leader by bringing down a government plane a few details of the plan of being released or who the intended target was the country's national media has been questioning the prime minister's association with
an alleged drug smuggler if you could admit to meeting the man known by the name misha but nona button eyes any wrongdoing. part coming up here not see just a moment on abby martin and of course her only program that is breaking the set. of. science technology innovation all the developments from around russia. the future covered. base is based on. you know care read fitness. play. music. concert the show today how to sing we just heard a studio phrase like
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you live on one hundred thirty three possible so food i should try it because you know how fabulous i had lunch i got so many i mean. i don't know that i'm still really messed up. for it so actually. it's. worse cheaper to live through the white house or to the. radio guy for a minute. what clothes are about to give you never seen anything like this i'm telling. ya soon guys i'm abby martin this is breaking the set well there is seemingly no shortage of disturbing news coming out of the pentagon these days the latest that would be the announcement that the do you know d. is creating a new medal of honor a medal that honors those brave men and women who get behind their videogame like
consuls an assassin a suspected terrorists from their air conditioned offices yet the drone king is now warning his drone operator minions for their outs danding valor it's called the distinguished warfare medal that will be awarded to individuals for their extraordinary achievement related to military operations that have occurred since nine eleven i'm thinking that it should look a little bit like this. because we all know what it cheapened it is to lazy sit behind a computer screen and kill kids with the touch of a button right we get this this is the first combat related award created since the bronze star and nineteen forty four and for that matter it will stand a higher in a ranking than the traditional bronze star medal you know one that you actually have to win by physically fighting for so congrats to the future awardees of this cowardly medal just remember where like a bad.